Automaton "Pierrot writing letter to Colombine"

    Automaton "Pierrot writing letter to Colombine"

    France, Paris


    Vichy, Gustave

    Wood, porcelain, metal, fabric, glass; sewing, woodworks, mechanical works

    70 х 53 х 35 cm

    In the letter: "Paris le 30 juillet 1880”, “Ma chére Columbine!...”. Manufacturer's warranty on the lamp


    Automaton is made as a figure of Pierrot, sitting on a chair at the curvaceous table, is mounted on wooden mahogany stand. The seat is covered with dark red velvet. The unfinished letter lies on the table with green felt insert and metal frame. Kerosene lamp stands on his left-hand side. Pierrot has picture face, eyes with moving eyelids, hat with velvet ribbon and pompons is on his light hair. He is dressed in white silk suit with red pompons, shirt with guipure collar and cuffs, socks and black leather shoes are on his feet. Pierrot holds goose-quill in his right hand, he leans his left hand on the tabletop.
    Musical movement with the sound comb, pinned cylinder for two tunes, spring drive and control mechanism is mounted in the trunk, with winding key and activating lever on the left side. The wick is lifted by the levers located under the tabletop.

    When the movement is switched on, the music sounds, Pierrot raises and lowers his head, goose-quill in his right hand moves along the letter lines, the scene is illuminated by the lamp, then his eyelids cast down. He seems to be asleep, the lamp fades. He opens his eyes, sees that the lamp went out, lowers his left hand to pick up the wick, the lamp is lighted again, he turns his head, moves his eye and continues to write.